TopGear drives the Spyker Aileron
The desert is about to get that bit hotter thanks to the outlandish £194,000, 400bhp Spyker Aileron...
Posted: 13 Oct 2010
It turns out there's a little bit of theatre even in firing up a Spyker. Lift the red toggle catch on the top of the dash and flip the switch underneath to arm the ignition, and the ‘engine start' button directly underneath will begin to glow. Hit said button and the Aileron will fire up on the first rotation into a stable but whirry idle that speaks of belts and ancillaries doing stout work just behind your right shoulder. Not the most enticing of aural handshakes, it has to be said. The exposed gearchange - an eminent feature on manual Spykers - now selects the gears on a six-speed ZF automatic in the Aileron, but it still engages with the kind of mechanical clunk that makes you think of heavy-duty somethings. We peel away, cruising through downtown Scottsdale like a sleek orange barracuda in a current populated exclusively by yank SUV whales.